Best Upcoming Events to Bring the Family this Spring in D.C.

April 8, 2016 8:00 AM

Regardless of how bad the winter was, everyone still looks forward to spring and everything that comes with it. With flowers, warmer weather and outdoor events, things tend to become move lively during the spring. You and your family will enjoy a number of entertaining activities this year, as the season gets into swing. Put these events on your calendar so you won’t miss them.
Passport DC
Various Locations
Washington, DC
(202) 661-7581
www.culturaltourismdc.org

Date: May 1-31, 2016

One of the best things about living in or visiting Washington, DC is the ability to “visit” several different countries without ever leaving the city. During the spring, embassies are open to visitors as part of International Culture Awareness Month. As the city is diverse and grows more diverse every day, this special month offers a chance to expose your children to different cultures. Through music, food, dancing and various events, your family will get to travel the world throughout the month of May.

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Washington, DC
(877) 442-5666
www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Date: March 20-April 16, 2016

Almost every spring weekend, there seems to be a festival or parade in DC, ranging from commemorative parades to music and culture festivals. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most anticipated festivals of the year, drawing thousands of visitors from around the country and world. The month long festival includes a parade, fundraising party, kite festival and much more. And last year, the organizers added the Anacostia River Festival as the culminating event. Celebrate cherry blossoms, Japanese culture and spring arriving at this annual DC tradition.

Earth Day At The National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-4888
nationalzoo.si.edu

Date: Apr. 23, 2016 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The National Zoo is a fun and educational museum, offering events and programs year round in addition to daily programming. One of the annual special events is a celebration of Earth Day. The Zoo’s Sustainability Committee plans a day highlighting the efforts the team has made and continues to make to be more environmentally friendly. This is a great chance for your family to learn more about sustainability practices and what you can do as a family to help.

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Gaithersburg Book Festival
31 S Summit Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 258-6350
www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org

Date: May 21, 2016 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For many, the book fair was a yearly highlight during grade school, picking out your new books, bookmarks and cool accessories. As adults, you can pick up any book you want whenever you want, but it’s not quite the same. Book festivals capture that book fair spirit on a larger scale. With poets, best-selling authors, workshops, exhibits and a children’s village, the Gaithersburg Book Festival is perfect for the family that loves to read. Help promote and celebrate literacy.

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 662-3863
www.thebloom.com
Date: April 22, 2016 – May 1, 2016

In it’s 89th year, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival seems to be getting bigger and better, with a carnival, parade, 10K, golf tournament, tennis tournament, pie baking contest, coronation, music competition and much more. An important Virginian tradition, the festival connects generations of DC area residents. The week long event has a variety of family friendly events that will kick your spring into bloom.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.